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Publish Date: 10 December 2019
Twelve international organizations providing assistance to developing countries came together at the UN Climate Change Conference today to launch the Alliance for Hydromet Development. The members of the Alliance have committed collectively to ramp up action that strengthens the capacity of developing countries to deliver high-quality weather forecasts, early warning systems, water, hydrological and climate services. Known for short as “hydromet” services, these underpin resilient development by protecting lives, property and livelihoods.
Publish Date: 21 January 2020
Unusual weather and climate conditions, including widespread and heavy rains since October 2019, have contributed to a serious and widespread Desert locust outbreak, which threatening rural food security across East Africa.
Publish Date: 20 January 2020
As has been the case for most of the previous years, 2019 in Germany was again too dry, with more sunshine than usual and, above all, much too warm. It was the third warmest year since regular measurements first began in 1881. This is what the initial analysis by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) of data from its around 2,000 weather stations shows. Read more >>
Publish Date: 20 January 2020
In December 2019, high pressure only influenced the weather in Germany at the start and end of the month; low-pressure areas dominated at other times. These low-pressure areas brought significant precipitation to the south-west, whereas they were weakened when they reached all other regions, where in-stead sunny conditions frequently prevailed. Inflows of mostly mild and, in some cases, unusually mild air arrived so, once again this year, most people did not see their wish for a white Christmas fulfilled. Overall, December did not see much precipitation, was very sunny and much too mild. This...
Publish Date: 15 January 2020
The year 2019 was the second warmest year on record after 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s consolidated analysis of leading international datasets.
Publish Date: 13 January 2020
Globally, 2019 is likely to be the second or third warmest year on record according to the World Meteorological Organization's preliminary assessment. Over the Arctic, the daily sea-ice extent minimum in September 2019 was the second lowest in the satellite record and October has seen further record low extents. In 2019, various extreme weather events ravaged different parts of the world, including unrelenting heatwaves in much of western and northern Europe, Middle East, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and southern South America, a significant cold spell in central North America, severe...
Publish Date: 7 January 2020
Catastrophic and unprecedented bushfires in Australia have killed more than 28 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and burned hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, causing massive devastation to wildlife, ecosystems and the environment. The fires come after Australia's hottest, driest year on record. They have led to hazardous air quality in major cities throughout Australia, impacted New Zealand and sent smoke drifting thousands of kilometres across the Pacific to South America.